Navy commences deployment of troops in Lake Chad
The Nigerian Navy has commenced the deployment of personnel in the newly established Forward Operating Base (FOB) in the Lake Chad.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made this known yesterday while inaugurating the Chief of Naval Staff Directive 2 at the Naval headquarters, Abuja.
According to Ibas, the deployment of personnel to the base, which commenced in September, is not specifically because of the counter-terrorism operations, but that the base would serve the expected purpose like other FOBs across the country and contribute in securing the Lake Chad basin.
When asked if the naval personnel involved in the counter-insurgency operations would be automatically deployed there, Ibas said “those involved in the Operation Lafiya Dole counter-insurgency operations would redeploy back to their original bases at the end of the assignment. The set that is to be deployed are there on posting, on duty like in any other operating base.”
The naval chief said the first Strategic Directive 2015, achieved its short, medium and long-term targets, some of which he said “drastic reduction in crude oil theft and bunkering, operational efficiency of Nigeria Navy helicopters and re-activation of regular work up programme for ships.”
He said the Nigeria Navy would prioritise sustained operation presence at sea to create a secure maritime environment for national prosperity and regional security mechanism to enhance maritime security.
Ibas added that the navy would also continue to efficiently monitor and maintain effective control of security over the nation’s maritime domain.
Earlier, the Naval Chief of Transformation, Rear Admiral Raphael Osondu said the CNS 2015 Strategic Directive was reasonably achieved, thence the need to consolidate with the 2016 directive, which seeks to build on manpower development, operational efficiency to achieve operational readiness at all times in the short, medium and long term.